Elements 14: Cannot set Cookie Cutter "Feather" size to 0 (zero) px.

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Photoshop Elements 13 & 14 Editor: Expert Mode: Cookie Cutter Tool.
Problem: The minimum "Feather" size for the Cookie Cutter tool is 1 px. It is not possible to select 0 px. I can't think of any reason why this behaviour is intentional. There are many occasions on which I need to crop to a Cookie Cutter shape with zero feathering. A 0 px. Feather selection would be tremendously helpful.
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Any updates on this issue from Adobe?  A quick scroll through the log suggests that this problem has existed in several older versions as well (and oddly, that is had worked properly in some earlier versions).  Thanks, and hope to see a reply from Adobe soon.

Cheers!

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Not a reply from Adobe, but a simple challenge.
Instead of using the cookie cutter tool, use the manual workflow with the shape tool.
- convert your background to a normal layer
- add your shape as a shape (vector) layer
- move the background layer above the shape layer and clip it (Ctl G) to the shape layer
- flatten
There is no feathering button anywhere.
Compare visually the edges with the result of the cookie cutter at 1% feathering. (zoom at 100% or more).

Both processes mean using a vector shape to cut into a bitmap. The vector shape can't cut a pixel...
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Thanks for the reply, Michel.  Your explanation makes sense (especially the part about a vector shape not being able to cut a pixel.  My cookie-cutter "shapes" are usually limited to squares and rectangles, which would seem to pose less of an issue if using a vector template to crop a raster image.  It may be that Adobe intentionally 'dumbed down' the feature for PS Elements (which is of course the entry-lever version) so that those less familiar with the possible consequences of a 0 px feather might have on their shapes.  Nonetheless, I would still find it useful if Adobe were to allow 0 px feathering on cookie-cutter tools.  Maybe apply 1 px feather for default, with an option buried in the Preferences to apply a 0 px feather?

In any event, your reply was very helpful, and much appreciated.

Cheers,
Glider